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Raven Klaasen And Rajeev Ram Ease Past Jamie Murray And Bruno Soares In London



Raven Klaasen and Rajeev Ram (atpworldtour.com)

Raven Klaasen and Rajeev Ram (atpworldtour.com)

Raven Klaasen and Rajeev Ram produced a clinical performance to defeat home favorite Jamie Murray and his partner Bruno Soares 6-1 6-4 to reach the final in London.


The South African- American combination pounced on a flat start from their opponents and broke twice in games four and six to seal the first set 6-1. The pair won 13 out of 16 first service points en route to annihilating Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares in the opening set. The number one team in the world for 2016 had it all to do in the second set.

Klaasen and Ram continued their momentum in the second set as they broke in the very first game to carry on their efficient start to the match. However there is a reason why Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares have won two grand slams as a team this season and have ended the year as the best team in the world, this proved evident as they broke in the sixth game to level the second set at 3-3.  However Klaasen and Ram wasn’t going to let this match slip easily and as a result of their determination they broke straight back for a 4-3 lead. Klaasen and Ram continued their aggressive, smart style of play and served out the match successfully to complete a 6-1 6-4 victory to reach their sixth final of 2016. Here are the match stats from the match:




Raven Klaasen and especially Rajeev Ram were effective and efficient on serve. They broke four times, which means they were opportunistic and their base level of play was at a high percentage. This was important as Murray and Soares have played brilliantly all season and needed to play a perfect tennis match and they achieved that successfully. For Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares it was a dissapointing end to what has been an exceptional season, they started flat and did not improve since the start of the match. However they can be proud of what they have accomplished this season and will hope to build on that next season.

Tomorrow’s final will see Henri Kontinen and John Peers take on Raven Klaasen and Rajeev Ram, the teams have met twice which Kontinen and Peers lead 3-0. The final will take place at 3.30pm local time.

Extraordinary Year

Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares (bbc.co.uk)

Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares (bbc.co.uk)

Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares have had an exceptional year, and after their straight sets loss to Raven Klaasen and Rajeev Ram, they had a ceremony to celebrate their achievement of becoming the year end world number one as a team. Here is the transcript from Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares expressing their emotions about their loss today and becoming the year end team world number one’s:

Q. Jamie, obviously goes without saying you’ll be
very disappointed with that. What didn’t work
today that’s been working so well?
JAMIE MURRAY: Well, I think the guys just zoned. It
can happen. I think we didn’t do a terrible job, we
just got kind of steamrolled, which can happen in
Yeah, it just happens sometimes that the guys play a
great match. You know, they hit some great returns
in important moments. They were pretty sharp
around the net. We probably missed a couple shots
kind of at wrong times that kind of didn’t help our
Yeah, just played a lot better than we did. Fair play to
Q. We’ve talked about the No. 1 ranking. Having
got that yesterday, now the year is over, can you
actually start to look back on it historically,
highlights, the things that you really did well?
JAMIE MURRAY: Well, yeah, I mean, winning,
obviously the tournaments we won were highlights
for us. To win in Australia and the US Open were
huge achievements. We both came into the
partnership not having won a Grand Slam, both
being in finals before. And to get two in the first year
is a great achievement.
I think, yeah, we can be really proud of our efforts
this year. It’s not easy to make a partnership work, I
think. We did a great job. I think we got on great the
whole time. We worked hard for each other, tried to
improve ourselves and as a team.
I think we got lots to look forward to next year.

Q. Jamie, slightly odd to get the trophy when
you’re disappointed with how the match went.
JAMIE MURRAY: Yeah, it’s a weird feeling. It’s just
life, isn’t it? We lost, but they did a nice presentation. We can be happy with our efforts this year, I think.

Q. When you’ve got to the top, where do you go
from there? How do you kick on and reset goals?
JAMIE MURRAY: I mean, I think we can still improve
a lot in our game. I think we have the last few
Yeah, the more we play together, the better we’ll get,
I think. I mean, it wasn’t like we won every single
tournament. We obviously won a lot of matches but
we lost a lot. I think there’s things we can improve.
We’re both aware of that.
That’s exciting for us, as well. There’s still a lot we
can do better. Hopefully next year we’re sitting here
again in the same spot in the rankings.

Q. Jamie, I guess you would have had to follow
Andy’s match to a certain extent given that you
were playing after. How much did you watch of it
and how hard is it to go out and play yourself?
JAMIE MURRAY: We watched the last set. We didn’t
have anything else to do. We were just waiting for
them to finish.
It was stressful. I’m sure everyone watching it was
finding it pretty tense. Obviously not an easy
situation to watch, then have to go on court to play.
It’s not the first time that’s happened. Just tough to
have to deal with it.
It was obviously great that he won. Gives himself a
chance in the final tomorrow.

Q. Bruno, can you comment on the
disappointment of today’s result, but the
compensation about finishing the year at No. 1 as
a team.
BRUNO SOARES: Well, I think it’s amazing. The fact
that we lost today doesn’t take anything away from
us, everything that we achieved throughout the whole
It’s worse to get an award after you lose a match, but
we knew that could happen. But we had an amazing
year, a very special year for both of us. We won two
slams. We did a lot of right things.
But like Jamie said, we both know we have a lot to
improve. I mean, I think we work hard, we put a lot of
effort in our team. For us, I mean, it’s a lot of rewards
this year for everything we did. We had another great tournament here, great run.
It’s tough. I mean, we played 20 something
tournaments. We won three titles. All the others, we
finished the tournament with a loss. It’s part of our
Pretty happy with everything that happened this year.

Q. I guess the two of you now go your different
ways. Jamie, you’re off to Wimbledon. Bruno,
you’re back to Brazil. How does a team that lives
so separately prepare for the new season?
JAMIE MURRAY: Well, yeah, we just do our own offseason.
I’m sure we’ll speak with our team now, kind
of have a few goals that we want to get through in the
off-season, you know, individually obviously, because
that’s how we’ll be doing it. When we come back in
January, we link up again, we’ll be ready for the new

Q. Where will you link up?
JAMIE MURRAY: Doha. We’re going to play Doha.

Q. How long will you take off and when will you
start training again?
JAMIE MURRAY: I don’t know. Maybe 10 days,
couple weeks maybe. I mean, it’s not long. It’s kind
of getting towards the end of November, and the
tournament starts the first week of January. If you
want to do a good pre-season, that probably takes
two, three weeks of your time.
Obviously it comes round fast. But, yeah, put the feet
up for a few days, get away from the tennis court,
reflect on a great year, then get back to work.
BRUNO SOARES: Reflect on a great year (smiling).


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Team World One Win Away From Victory in Laver Cup

Team World take a huge 10-2 lead over Team Europe heading into the final day



Image via Laver Cup twitter

After losing the first four editions of the Laver Cup, Team World look set to win the event for a second time as the event reaches its conclusion tomorrow.


Team World Captain John McEnroe was thrilled with the day’s results but warned against complacency: “We’re just going to keep doing what we’re doing. The job’s not done but we’re pretty close.”

American duo Taylor Fritz and Frances Tiafoe both earned straight sets wins over Andrey Rublev and Hubert Hurkacz, while Felix Auger-Aliassime and Ben Shelton beat Hurkacz and Gael Monfils.

“I want to play well for the guys,” said Tiafoe after his singles victory. “I played really well tonight. Just being in a team environment is so foreign to us as tennis players, it’s such an individual sport.”

After winning his third singles match in three appearances at the Laver Cup, Fritz was also motivated to do well:

“Yesterday, all the guys played really well. I felt that and wanted to come out on court and show what I can do. That definitely motivated me. Any type of team environment, I feel like it always elevates my game. I feel like my record in team events is really strong because I have a team cheering for me. I get pumped up. I’m excited to play for them. It just adds more pressure and fire to it. I think I play better in those situations.”

The doubles was a typically dynamic and feisty affair, and after the match Shelton was full of praise for his partner:

“It’s amazing, when you play with a guy who serves and returns like Felix, is as athletic as him, and goes back for the overhead as strong as him, it’s a fun time,” said Shelton. “We call him ‘Laver Cup Felix’ because he turns into something special this week, just glad I got to share the court with him at least once.”

Auger-Aliassime returned the compliments: “The best comes out of me when I’m playing not only for myself but for team-mates. Ben carried me through the end of that match, it was tough for me to get it done.”

Casper Ruud, meanwhile, beat Tommy Paul for Europe’s only points so far.

Matches on the final day are worth three points each – meaning that Team Europe would have to win all four remaining matches to prevent Team World from winning the trophy.

T. Fritz def A. Rublev 6-2, 7-6
F. Tiafoe def H. Hurkacz 7-5, 6-3
F. Auger-Aliassime & B. Shelton def H.Hurkacz & G. Monfils 7-5, 6-4
C. Ruud def T. Paul 7-6, 6-2

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ATP RANKINGS UPDATE: Novak Djokovic, No.1 once more



After the US Open the Serbian champion reclaims top spot. Alexander Zverev is back in the Top 10


By Roberto Ferri

Don’t ever underestimate the heart of a champion”

Rudy Tomjanovich coined this maxim just after his Houston Rockets won the NBA championship in 1995. He was paying homage to Akeem Holajuwon. It perfectly suits the heart of Daniil Medvedev, who proved 99% of tennis fans in the world to be wrong, convinced as they were that he would lose the semifinal to former No 1 Carlos Alcaraz.

But his dream to win a second US Open, after his triumph in 2021, was shattered by another champion, whose heart and class is even greater: that’s Novak Djokovic, who affixes his seal on his return to No.1, equalling Margaret Court Smith’s record of 24 majors.

Djokovic dethroning Alcaraz is not the only change in the top 20: Sascha Zverev is back in the top 10 after almost one year and Ben Shelton, great protagonist of the Us Open, debuts in the top 20 best players in the world.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas, Andrei Rublev and Alexander Zverev gain 2 positions.

Ben Shelton devours 28 positions.

Sinner, Tiafoe, Norrie and Dimitrov lose one.

Casper Ruud and Karen Khachanov, runner up and semi-finalist respectively  at the 2022 US  Open, drop 4 positions.

One step forward for Fritz, de Minaur, Paul, Auger-Aliassime and Hurkacz.


From 12 to 19 November the 8 best players of the ranking based on the points earned in the ongoing solar season will be playing the Nitto ATP Finals in Turin.

Will Novak Djokovic succeed in winning a second straight title? He appears to be heading in the right direction.


Thanks to his triumph at the US Open the Serbian overtakes Alcaraz also in the Race to Turin.

Jannik Sinner holds fourth spot while Andrei Rublev overtakes Stefanos Tsitsipas and is now fifth.

The eighth position is occupied by Alexander Zverev.

Last year runner up, Casper Ruud is currently 10th. This means he would feature in Turin as a reserve.


The Next Gen Finals, dedicated to the best under 21s, (8 effectives and 2 reserves) of the season will take place this year in Gedda, Saudi Arabia.

The 2022 winner, Brandon Nakashima, will not be defending his title, since he was born in 2001.

PositionPlayerCountryPtsYOB ATP rank
6Van AsscheFrance597200469
12Llamas RuizSpain3702002133

Taking for granted that Alcaraz and, most likely Rune, will be playing the ATP Finals, we have included in the chart the 12 current top under 21s.


Besides Ben Shelton, other 11 players have achieved their career highest this week.

We tribute a double applause to the four players who are making their debut in the top 100.

The 25-year-old Croatian Borna Gojo, 22-year-old Australian Rinky Hijkata and the Swiss next gen Dominic Stricker all reap the reward for their brilliant runs at the US Open. Seyboth Wild, the Brazilian who stunned Medvedev in the first round of Roland Garros leaps to No.76 after winning the Challenger in Como last week.

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Translated by Kingsley Elliot Kaye

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COMMENT: Novak Djokovic Proves His Greatness At US Open



Love him, or hate him. But respect him.


No tennis player has ever been better than Novak Djokovic.

Even Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer have to take their hats off to Novak, and admire him.

Now that Rafa and Roger have left Djokovic on his own stage at least for now, tennis fans love Novak.


Djokovic’s performance on Sunday evening in the U.S. Open final was simply amazing. Daniil Medvedev also played his heart out, but Djokovic went one step further. He was sensational.

It was a thrill-a-minute three-set match. It lasted well into the night after starting at mid-afternoon. The second set alone lasted 104 minutes.

Djokovic was the winner, 6-3, 7-6 (5), 6-3, but New York still loves 2021 champion Medvedev.


At 36, the oldest U.S. Open men’s champion ever, Djokovic obviously has a special place in his heart for the number four. It’s the number of times he has won this tournament and the 24th time he has won a Grand Slam title.

The number 24 also was displayed prominently on the white jacket. Novak, his team members and family wore for the victory celebration as a tribute to the No. 24 jersey of deceased friend Kobe Bryant.

Djokovic lost his footing at least three times in the tight second set, stumbling to the surface once, apparently due to the length of the rallies.

Djokovic could look like he was almost completely wiped out of it physically one minute, and then play like Superman the next minute.


Both men played great tennis, especially in the thrill-a-second second set in which Medvedev gained one set point in the 12th game before Djokovic recovered to force a tiebreaker.

Medvedev appeared to be in charge after out-playing Novak to win one of his drop shots to take a 5-4 lead in the tiebreaker. The match may have been decided on the next three points, all won by Djokovic on errors by the 6-6 Russian.

The big question now is what happens next January in the Australian Open. Right now, Djokovic probably wants to play . . . and win what has been his favorite tournament as far as success. But things can change quickly for players in their mid-30s. Just ask Roger or Rafa.

James Beck was the 2003 winner of the USTA National Media Award. A 1995 MBA graduate of The Citadel, he can be reached at Jamesbecktennis@gmail.com.

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